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Casey, Philly Delegation Push for Funding of Delaware River Deepening Project

Casey, Philly Delegation Push for Funding of Delaware River Deepening Project
PHILADELPHIA, PA— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today met with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority and stakeholders interested in the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project to discuss the importance of this project to the region’s economy. Senator Casey today joined members of Philadelphia’s congressional delegation in sending a letter to the White House calling for the inclusion of the project in the President’s fiscal 2012 budget.

“This project will create jobs and grow the region’s economy,” the members wrote. “This project will make maritime transportation more efficient and reduce shipping costs, and is necessary to sustain the economic viability of the ports along the Delaware River.”
Senator Casey led members of the Pennsylvania delegation, including Senator Arlen Specter, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Congressman Robert Brady and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz in sending the letter to Jacob Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The letter notes that the project, which will deepen the shipping channel from 40 feet to 45 feet to accommodate larger vessels, has the potential to create thousands of jobs and generate over $1 billion in revenue in its lifetime. The members stressed that any delay in the project will increase costs and harm the countless residents and workers in the region who will get a job, keep their job or otherwise benefit as a result of this project.

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